Kim Cresswell - Reflection and Lethal Journey

Good morning my friends!  Today we welcome Kim Cresswell to Dreamspring!

Marion: What was the first book you ever read that really blew your mind, that you couldn’t stop thinking about after you’d finished?

I'm kind of old, okay? So that would have to be Sidney Sheldon's, Master of the Game.  In my opinion, Mr. Sheldon was one of the best story-tellers ever. From that point on, I wanted to be a writer, and I knew suspense was my genre. 

Marion: How do you start thinking about a book?  Is it the characters that first pop to mind, or the setting, or the plot?  Where do you usually start?

Since my books are plot-driven, I always start with an idea.  As far as characters, I start with nothing more than a name, and then allow the plot to dictate character development. It's a system that works well for me.

Marion: Have you ever tried to shake up your writing routine? Writing at a different time? Writing in new places? Writing nude? *waggles eyebrows*

I haven't written nude, but might try it sometime! Usually when I get stuck, I walk away from the computer and grab a pen and paper.  Works every time.

Marion: When was the last time you just had to write, and what inspired that feeling?

Since I have chronic pain, I find writing is great therapy. So if it's a bad day, I have to write.

Marion: About how long does it take you to get from first draft to polished manuscript? 

I have an internal editor that doesn't shut off so I'm a slow writer. It takes me about eight months from first draft to polished manuscript. Call me slow-poke.

Marion: If you could invite five writers, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be?

Of course I'd invite Sidney Sheldon, Joan Collins, author of Lucky, Anne Stuart, author of Black Ice, 
Donna Moreau, author of Waiting Wives: The Story of Schilling Manor, Home Front to the Vietnam War and Jonathan Kellerman.  

Marion: What did your “favorite” rejection letter say?

“Thank you so much for sending REFLECTION by Kim Cresswell, for my review. I can definitely see why you are working with Kim. She crafts a very intriguing story with great sexual tension, and lots of action. Unfortunately, however, after many reads and much discussion, the overall consensus was that the story is lacking a big hook to make it stand out on our list.”  (from a “big six” publisher)

Marion: What project are you currently working on?

I'm working on a few projects. Lethal Journey is a thriller, a “short novel”, and will be released this summer. 

Marion: The sequel to my debut award-winning romantic suspense, Reflection, is slated for release late October or early November.

I'm also one of ten authors contributing to the True Crime Serial Killers Anthology due to release in November.  I'm especially thrilled to part of this project. The author roster is a true crime dream-team!

Marion: Any parting words?

Thank you for having me, Marion, and if your readers get the chance to read REFLECTION, I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. 


Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.

She found it.

Now it may kill her.

After receiving a lead pointing to the world's first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.

When she's nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.

Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago…

Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late?

Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.
Available in paperback at Amazon & Createaspace

Marion: And thank you for being here, Kim!  You’ve been a wonderful guest!


Leona~Author said…
I enjoyed your interview, Kim. I'm starting to learn more about my fellow Musers, and we writers have a lot in common.

I think our early reading habits do play a part in the way we write. I was always drawn to romance novels with happy endings.

Good luck with your books.
Kim Cresswell said…
Thanks, Leona. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. :) I love romance novels as well...anything with a happy ending.
Wendy said…
Love the cover Kim and Marion.
love Sidney Sheldon too. I'd rate him higher than Stephen King as a suspense writer. He was also great with comedy sitcoms too. Brilliant. As far as your Big Hook goes, it seems to me from your blurb you have plenty. That has to be great for conflict building tension. I enjoyed learning more about you Kim
Tammy Lowe said…
Great interview!

I agree about Master of the Game and Lucky. Great reads. I can't wait to read yours.
J Q Rose said…
Why, Marion! Writing in the nude? Hey, I like that idea....You asked Kim some great questions and Kim, I got a kick out of the rejection probably didn't at the time, but glad you shared it with us. Your future writing plans are exciting. Looking forward to the sequel.
Kim Cresswell said…
Thanks, Wendy, Janet and Tammy. Sidney Sheldon is the king of suspense. :)

When I recieved that rejection letter I was so disappointed. After awhile I looked at the rejection in a different least Warner Books (yup I mentined their name. lol ) took the time to read the story a few times and discussed it. It sure beat a form letter rejection! :)

Toni said…
This is cool!

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